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European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages Copyright free image Copyright free: Council of Europe Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Sep 2016
Happy European Day of Languages! Find out more about why we should celebrate language learning.

Living Shakespeare: Hong Ying on China and the sonnets

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Living Shakespeare: Hong Ying on China and the sonnets Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Shakespeare's sonnets were once banned in China and are now popular with the gay community. Hong Ying, author of ‘Daughter of the River’ looks...

OpenLearn Live: 11th August 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2016
Why Rio isn't rio, and a machine for detecting smells. Then more free learning through the day.

Where a ban has been replaced by a bee

Where a ban has been replaced by a bee Creative commons image Simon Thompson/PRI/Global Voices Online under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Aug 2016
Once, American children were punished for talking Spanish. Now, they're being celebrated.

Brexit: On the vote in Wales

Brexit: On the vote in Wales Creative commons image Suzanne Gielis under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2016
Wales voted leave by a margin of 52.5 per cent. It is an interesting case study of how people voted against their own material self...

Titty or Tatty: What's in a name?

Titty or Tatty: What's in a name? Creative commons image Adapted from a Creative Commons work by Neil Piddock under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2016
Quite a lot, as it turns out. Severine Hubscher-Davidson explores why texts need to change with the times - and why some things are better...

Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe

Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe Creative commons image UK in Italy under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
Without a seat at the EU table, will the UK's ability to shape Europe vanish completely? Alessio Colonnelli believes that the allure of the...

How can statistics bring dead languages back to life?

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How can statistics bring dead languages back to life? Copyright free image Copyright free: Gellinger
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
Languages long unspoken are being brought back to life through statistical models.

Hafan: What do you know about Welsh language and culture?

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
The future of Wales is as exciting as its past. Take our challenge, listen to stories from the locals and get to grips with Welsh culture and...

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English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Copyright: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 22 Sep 2016
English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the...

Finding Information in Modern Languages

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Finding Information in Modern Languages Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding Information in Modern Languages, will help you to identify and use information in Modern Languages, whether for your work...

Language and creativity

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Language and creativity
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 27 Jul 2016
This free course is an introduction to the relationship between language and creativity, to the roles that linguistic creativity plays in culture...

Intermediate Italian: describing people

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Intermediate Italian: describing people Copyrighted image Copyright: Hans F Meier/iStock
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 08 Jul 2016
This free course, Intermediate Italian: describing people, requires some basic knowledge of Italian. It focuses on describing both physical...

Grammar matters

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Grammar matters
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Jun 2016
Grammar matters because, combined with vocabulary choice, it is our main way of making meaning. This free course introduces you to one approach...

Exploring languages and cultures

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Exploring languages and cultures
Introductory level Duration 14 hours Updated 07 Jun 2016
Explore the multiple relationships between languages and cultures. In this free course you will learn about the benefits and challenges of meeting...

Una lengua en movimiento

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Una lengua en movimiento
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This free course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the societies and cultures of Spain and Latin America and extend the practical...

La canción protesta

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La canción protesta
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This free course, La canción protesta, will develop your knowledge and understanding of the societies and cultures of Spain and Latin America and...

Communication, management and your own context

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Communication, management and your own context Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 May 2016
In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key importance. This free course, Communication, management and your own...

Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink Copyrighted image Copyright: © Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 22 Apr 2016
This free course, Beginners' Italian: food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and snacks in an Italian café, as well as on greeting and...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...